According to the 2019 Turkey Statistical Institute (TURKSTAT) data 5 million 7 thousand 507 decares of maize silage was made throughout the country.
Izmir province, which covers 10.95 percent of the total area, took the first place in cultivation lands. Konya province follows Izmir with 7.62 percent and Balıkesir province with 6.34 percent.
Especially in silage maize used in animal husbandry and the yield by kilogram per decare has increased in recent years. The amount of maize for silage, where approximately 5 tons of product per decare was obtained last year, is expected to increase further with the developing agricultural technologies.
It exceeds 3 meters in length…
Planting was done at the end of April for the July harvest in Izmir’s Torbalı district, where crops can be obtained twice a year. In order to grow this water-loving product, a drip system is used throughout the region.
With the effect of mechanization in agriculture, silage maize is now harvested by large machines. Maize, which is over 3 metres in length, is harvested by the harvester machines and goes to animal farms by lorries.
The maize thrown into the pits of the farms, for silage, meets the feed needs of the animals during the winter months.